Horseheads Walmart receives second warning from Chemung County for social distancing violations

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FILE – This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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UPDATE ( 1:33 p.m.) – 18 News spoke with Chemung County Attorney, M. Hyder Hussain, who said the Horseheads Walmart will be giving out (2) face masks per associate a day starting April 23.

The store will also be educating its employees and customers on how to properly use and wear the mask. Any employee not complying with this policy will be asked to leave the store.

All Walmart associates will wear a mask or face covering in stores. We are providing 2 masks a day to any associate who does not have one.

We continue to educate our customers on the need for a face covering. Currently, we are using our entrance staff to deliver this message within the stores. However, we are actively looking at other solutions to enforcing the Governor’s executive orders with customers.

Walmart also mandating other social distancing orders like implementing one-way aisles.

Hussain also told 18 News that officials are not searching for violations. Citizens are reporting cases to the State, and that information is being passed down to the county to correct.

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WETM) – Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss and Chemung County Attorney M. Hyder Hussain have issued a second warning to the Horseheads Walmart regarding social distancing violations.

If the store does not become compliant by the close of business on Thursday, April 23, the county will close the building.

Over the weekend the County Executive temporarily closed the Lowes, located down the street from Walmart, for similar violations. The store has since reopened after submitting a plan to the county.

18 News will have more on this story as information becomes available.

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